Havana and Varadero: Culture and Relaxation

Posted by Jeremy John on 20-01-2020 02:22:33

Embrace Cuba's cultural richness before relaxing on the white sandy beach. Combine the bright and brilliant city of Havana with a dreamy beach destination such as Varadero. Still not sure? Here is some more detailed information to put you in the picture.

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The best Cuba holiday destinations for thrill-seekers and nature lovers - adventure travel at its purest

Posted by Susana Corona on 07-10-2019 02:45:03

If you’ve got a thirst for adventure and excitement, Cuba is one exceptional Caribbean destination that can deliver in so many ways. Here we introduce you to some of the best Cuba holiday destinations for adventure and nature lovers, whether you’re a fan of hiking, cycling, trekking, mountain climbing, birdwatching or just being surrounded by the purest of Mother Nature, this is the blog you need to read!

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Planning a Cuba holiday in 2020 - why next year is a great time to be in the island

Posted by Susana Corona on 27-09-2019 08:31:38

CNN has already gone ahead and echoed the publication of Rough Guide’s 100 Best Places on Earth for 2020, which went on sale on 1st September and which includes Cuba. So, why Cuba now? Why a Cuba holiday in 2020? Why Cuba at all? This blog post aims to illustrate why you should make Cuba your 2020 travel destination.

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Cuba with kids - why Cuba holidays are a great adventure for the entire family!

Posted by on 09-09-2019 12:22:45

Are you considering a family holiday in Cuba? Are you hesitating because you don´t know how child-friendly Cuba is? Do you plan to bring babies, toddlers, kids or teens on your Cuba trip? Are you worried that they'll have fun? In this blog post, we´ll help you put your mind at ease as we tell you all that makes

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How to plan the perfect Cuba holiday – the ultimate step-by-step guide

Posted by Susana Corona on 27-08-2019 12:17:53

Planning the perfect Cuba holiday doesn’t need to imply spending an extraordinary amount of time or effort organising your trip, nor suppose any special ordeal or hassle. Not if you follow our simple step-by-step guide on how to plan the perfect holiday to Cuba in 10 steps (or less).

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Why stay in a casa particular? Top reasons to choose private B&B accommodation in Cuba

Posted by Susana Corona on 21-08-2019 12:13:33

Why stay in a casa particular instead of a hotel? Why should you choose this type of accommodation in Cuba? Are casas particulares better than hotels or beach resorts? Will they add to the Cuban experience in a way that hotels can’t compare to? In this blog post, we give you the top 15 reasons to favour a casa particular over a hotel while throwing in the cases where a hotel or beach resort might be the better option.

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Why a group tour at all? Why a Cuba tour can add depth, meaning and colour to your holiday

Posted by Susana Corona on 13-08-2019 01:53:25

Why should you consider going on a group tour at all? Is it really worth it? Will it really enhance your travel experience in ways independent travel can’t? We answer these and many more questions regarding group tours in Cuba (or anywhere in the world) in this blog piece. Click on to read more!

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Where to stay in Havana to make the most of your Cuba experience

Posted by Susana Corona on 11-08-2019 08:24:35

If you wonder where in Havana to base yourself for a Cuba holiday tailor-made to your particular needs and interests, this is the blog you need to read! We tell you where to stay in Havana for a memorable experience that ticks all the right boxes!

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Escape the All-Inclusive! – The 5 Best Day Trips from Varadero

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 31-07-2019 03:15:08

All-inclusive beach resorts seem like the perfect plan for a holiday. Varadero, the most coveted beach destination in Cuba, ticks all the boxes: amazing beach, white-powdery sand, and perfect weather all year long. But, trust us, after four to five days of an all-inclusive buffet, after seeing the same people lying under the umbrellas at the beach, and after saying “Hi” to the same folks in the hotel lift, you’ll be screaming for a day break like… now!

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Tags: varadero, things to do in cuba, travel ideas, day trips

Carlotta's Guide - Top Things To Do in Trinidad

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 19-07-2019 02:00:00

There is no denying that here at Cuba DirectTM we're all Cuba enthusiasts, and we're lucky to have members on our team from all over the island who can tell us about their favourite cities, towns and excursions. Carlotta, our London-born but now Havana-based representative, made it to Trinidad last month and is keen on sharing some of her top places to visit and things to do in Trinidad. If you have any interest in visiting the beautiful island of Cuba or perhaps have been before and are eager to return and try something new, keep reading to find Carlotta's top picks for excursions, food and nightlife.

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Tags: trinidad, travel ideas, things to do in Cuba

City and Beach Holidays Without Leaving Havana

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 05-07-2019 04:45:00

Beach getaway or city getaway… Beach getaway or city getaway… Beach getaway or city getaway… Ah! What if you could have both without having to sacrifice travel time or spend money on transfers? What if you could have amazing city fun AND incredible beach time without leaving Havana? Sounds interesting? Well keep reading!

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Tags: havana, city and beach, things to do in havana

Cuba & Costa Rica: The Perfect Combination of Culture and Nature

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 01-07-2019 06:11:45

If you’re thinking of finally taking the plunge and booking that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuba, then you may want to consider penciling Costa Rica into your plans. In recent years, twin-country holidays have been trending amongst globetrotters, as travelers seek to get the most out of the time and money they’ve invested in journeying halfway across the world. Those looking to be seduced by the rich colours and history of revolutionary Cuba will find that Costa Rica’s verdant jungles and volcanic hot springs can offer the perfect contrast, throwing the Caribbean’s largest island into new and exciting contexts. A bio-diverse Central American treasure and a communist Caribbean time-capsule, Costa Rica and Cuba complement each other through their cultural and geographical diversity. And they’re conveniently close too – lying just across the stretch of the glittering Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is only 2h20 mins away from Cuba’s vibrant capital!

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Tags: culture, destinations, travel blog, exotic, cuba libre, holidays, cigars, tobacco, costa rica, cuba and beyond, nature, travel ideas

Unmissable Drinks & Dishes in Cuba

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 28-06-2019 04:01:13

Cuban-style roast pork, congri, yucca with mojo and a refreshing mojito: there's no better way to explore Cuba’s multi-cultural heritage than through its syncretic gastronomy. Tantalise your taste buds and prepare yourself for a journey full of flavour – here’s the lowdown on what dishes and drinks to try on your next trip to this beautiful island, along with some bits of history and advice on wining and dining in Cuba.

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Tags: havana, trinidad, advice, drinks, cocktails, paladar, hemingway, restaurants

Havana & Varadero – a Holiday Itinerary to the Best of Cuba

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 21-06-2019 03:00:00

If a mix of city sightseeing followed by the Caribbean’s best beach relaxation sounds like your kind of holiday, then a trip to Havana and Varadero is the next thing to check off your dream holiday bucket list. About two hours (83 miles) from each other, Havana and Varadero offer a unique opportunity to experience two holidays in one.

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Tags: varadero, havana, havana and varadero, cuba twin centre holiday, city and beach

How to Get Internet in Cuba - Your 2019 Guide

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 15-06-2019 01:00:00

While researching 'Cuba' for a holiday trip, one of the first things that appears on the web browsers is ‘limited internet access’. Whether you're a travel blogger or just a selfie fan, it can sound scary at first but don’t worry – accessing the internet in Cuba is far easier than you would think and our family here at Cuba DirectTM is dedicated to making sure you know exactly how to get online while on holiday with your family or friends.

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Tags: travel hacks, wifi, internet in cuba

Enjoying Art in Havana – A Guide to the Best Places and Events

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 06-06-2019 02:43:12

Whenever I’m asked to do a go-to guide on the best ways to enjoy Havana’s cultural scene, my first thought is: “I can’t choose – just go out there and explore!”. My initial, helpless advice boils down to the fact that Havana is ideal for travelers in search for lesser known, off-the-beaten-track places. In Cuba’s capital, there are no hidden clubs or elite-styled galleries. Art lies in plain sight here, especially in houses turned galleries in quirky neighborhoods.

But, if you’re looking for a hint, a preview, a quick glimpse into this 500-year-old city and its cultural expressions, read on for the must-go places and our list of Havana’s quirkiest cultural hot spots.

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Tags: havana, culture, travel ideas, art in havana

How to travel like a British celebrity in Cuba – the must-do’s

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 24-05-2019 01:39:44

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla visited Cuba in march 2019 as the first members of the royal family to land in Havana after the 1959-revolution. The royal couple visited Old Havana, drove a classic car to the Lennon Park, and prepared their own mojitos at a local restaurant. Before them, Edward of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger also jumped at the opportunity of visiting Cuba.

What were they eager to see and what did they do? Read on to find out.

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Tags: varadero, havana, santiago de cuba, travel ideas, royal tour

Cuba : The Vegan Way

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 18-07-2018 04:26:34

Let’s face it, travelling anywhere as a vegan can be stressful. Even in a country where you speak the language it can be hard to gauge what’s vegan and what’s hiding a sprinkling of cheese, spoonful of honey or some egg bind. Besides, without your trusty stores of hummus and baked beans… won’t you topple over and die of protein deficiency? Well, never fear, we’ve got you covered. If you’ve always dreamed of going to Cuba but have worried about what on earth you’ll eat – then this blog post is the one for you.

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Havana's 9 Dreamiest Rooftop Bars

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 11-07-2018 11:40:02

Ahh, rooftop bars… Don’t they sound so luxurious and mysterious? The hidden secrets that are must-dos on any respectable holiday-makers list, I mean, just think of the sunsets, the cocktails… the Instagrams! Well, if that sounds like your dream holiday, we’ve got you covered. Here we’ve put together a list of Havana’s dreamiest rooftop bars, each with stunning views, delicious cocktails and all the photo opportunities your heart could wish for…

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Tags: rum, mojito, travel ideas, luxury holidays, bars

Grown-Up Getaways: Cuba's Best Adults-Only Hotels

Posted by Carlotta Elena on 27-06-2018 04:04:59

Whilst planning your dream getaway to Cuba- an escape from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life - you’ll want to make sure everything is perfect. You’ll check the flights, the rooms, the food, but will you investigate exactly who else will be sharing that idyllic infinity pool? While children are amazing, if your dream getaway is more about cocktails and relaxation than jungle gyms and kiddies pools, it might be worth looking into an adults-only resort where you can make the most of your time away. After all, holidays of a lifetime don’t come around every day!

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Tags: hotels, exotic, holidays, travel ideas, luxury holidays

Queer Cuba: The Ultimate Guide For LGBT+ Travellers

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 27-06-2018 11:22:41

If you're looking for an exhaustive guide on LGBTQ+ travel to Cuba, then you've come to the right place. We've got you covered on everything you need to know - from travel advice, bar recommendations, and hot playlists - to the low-down on Cuba's sexual politics and an insight into gay-friendly destinations outside Havana. This is a long one, so bear with us - we promise its worth the read.

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Tags: where to go, lgbt travel, bars

Cuba's Casas Particulares: 5 Reasons Why We Love Them

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 25-06-2018 04:48:59

If you’re looking to experience Cuba like a local, enjoying authentic adventures informed by insider knowledge, then you’ll want to book yourself into a casa particular (private homestay) ASAP. Cuba Direct has long been a champion of this kind of accommodation, recognising the many unique and immersive opportunities that they offer travellers as well as the positive impact they have on the ordinary Cuban families who run them. They offer excellent value; in fact 30 out of the Top 50 Best Value Hotels in Cuba are casas particulares according to the popular reviews website TripAdvisor. It comes as no surprise when you consider the casas’ enviable locations, authentic dining options and the wealth of tips and information the local hosts provide.

Here we outline just what a casa particular is and what makes them so special, giving our top 5 reasons why you should consider one for your Cuba holiday.

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Tags: insider tips, casas particulares, ethical tourism, private homestay, casa particular, where to stay, off the beaten cuba

Undiscovered Hotels: 10 of Cuba's Colonial Gems

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 06-06-2018 06:03:39

Like echoes of a bygone era, boutique hotels in Cuba are all about provincial warmth and historical charm. Compact and exclusive, each hotel featured on this list boasts less than 30 rooms (even as few as six!). Several are restored mansions from the 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring sunlit courtyards and high ceilings effortlessly combined with modern, top-of-the-line facilities. So take a break from all-inclusive resorts and step back in time with a stay in one of Cuba’s Unesco-listed cities’ historical treasures. Read on to discover our top 10 picks of lesser-known boutique hotels throughout Cuba.

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Tags: vinales, hotels, santiago de cuba, matanzas, cienfuegos, Holguín, where to stay, off the beaten cuba, camaguey, remedios, gibara, boutique hotels

Beyond the Guidebook: 10 Hidden Beaches in Cuba

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 30-05-2018 04:15:59

A bucket list for Cuba almost always includes the famous beaches of Varadero, Cayo Santa María, Cayo Coco, or Guardalavaca. But there’s a handful of other truly unspoilt, off-the-radar sandy paradises, waiting to be discovered all over the island. Absent from most travel guides, and a long way off being ‘conquered’ by tourist busloads, the 10 beaches listed below are recommendations from our Travel Consultant Liam, an avid-traveller who loves to venture off the beaten path. He spent three years sating his wanderlust in Cuba and, on his travels, discovered these gems.

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Tags: trinidad, beach, vinales, beach holidays, santiago de cuba, travel ideas, cienfuegos, Holguín, off the beaten cuba, camaguey

Prince Harry and Meghan to Honeymoon in Cuba: Here’s Why

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 03-05-2018 01:27:54

With just over two weeks to go until the royal wedding, the buzz surrounding the event is reaching an almighty crescendo. While the big day itself will be a spectacular event, it’s just the beginning of the celebration for American actress Meghan Markle and HRH Prince Harry who will no doubt be jetting off to somewhere fabulous in the following days. Namibia, Rwanda, Barbados, Saint Kitts & Nevis and Jamaica have all been floated by the press as potential post-nuptial escapes for the jetsetting couple but our money is firmly on Cuba, the perfect honeymoon getaway. Here’s five reasons why it’s the ideal choice for the royal newlyweds…

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5 Ways To Travel Cuba Like a Local

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 02-05-2018 10:31:51

Being half-Cuban and bilingual, I've had the distinct opportunity to experience Cuba both as a tourist and a local. Returning each year to visit family and friends, I've travelled the island extensively and gotten to know her many facets and personalities. Each time, I come to the same conclusion: Cuba is not the kind of country you can experience superficially. You have to get down to the nitty-gritty. You have to seek out her realities. You have to immerse yourself. Otherwise, you're not doing justice to yourself or to her people.

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Tags: insider tips, where to go, private homestay, casa particular, recomendations, cuban food

Where to Stay in Cuba: Our Favourite High-End Picks

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 03-04-2018 04:46:15

Looking for the five-star treatment on your next trip to Cuba? High-end boutique experiences were rarer than snow on the island during its post-revolution years but times have certainly changed (though we’re still waiting for a white Christmas!). These days, elegant colonial mansions are being transformed into boutique homestays and world-renowned luxury companies, such as Kempinski, are taking over iconic buildings.

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Tags: cuba, varadero, havana, trinidad, guardalavaca, beach, city, twin-centre holidays, holiday offers, sea, all-inclusive, hotel, casa particular, beach holiday, cayo, hotels, recommendations, where to stay, high-end, luxury holidays

48 Hours in Viñales

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 29-03-2018 02:11:58

Located in the heart of Pinar del Rio, Viñales is an area of outstanding natural beauty, where tobacco is grown for the Cuban cigar industry. The valley itself is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is peppered with strange and unique “mogotes” – a series of tall, rounded hills which seem to pop out of the ground. As well as walking, the area is great for photography, bird-watching, cycling and horse riding. There are plenty of unique activities on offer, including boat-rides through the Cave of the Indian, tours of tobacco plantations, and an immersive experience in the Palenque de los Cimarrones - a former hideout for runaway slaves.

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Tags: tip, destinations, vinales, recommendations, holidays, cigars, tobacco, music, travel ideas

8 Things to do in Cienfuegos

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 27-03-2018 03:19:10

Popularly known as the “Pearl of the South”, the beautiful seaside town of Cienfuegos is a must-see for anyone looking to venture off the tourist trail. Founded in 1819 by Luis D’Clouet, a French immigrant, the city seduces with its unique blend of French style and Caribbean flair. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cienfuegos was also the hometown of the world-famous singer, Benny Moré, who immortalised the city in a catchy guaracha of the same name. With its colourful streets, sumptuous architecture and surrounding national parks, there’s a myriad of unique attractions in and around the city - so without further ado, here's 8 things to do on your trip to Cienfuegos (and a playlist for you to listen to on the way)!

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Tags: destinations, top destinations, nature, travel ideas, cienfuegos

5 Genius Travel Hacks for A Smoother Trip to Cuba

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 13-02-2018 10:50:45

Read on for the ultimate guide for your travel to Cuba. Five genius travel hacks for a smoother trip to Cuba, with exclusive insider tips from our team of Cuban travel experts.

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Tags: havana, travel hacks, visa, internet, money, maps, tips, advice

The Story of Cuba's Unknown Romeo and Juliet

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 12-02-2018 12:42:28

In the centre of Colon Cemetery – one of the largest and most impressive graveyards in the Americas – lies the embalmed remains of Catalina Lasa: the most beautiful woman to walk the streets of Havana and the protagonist of Cuba’s greatest love affair. Catalina came from a wealthy and well-connected family. To most, her match with Pedro Estevez Abreu, son of the first vice president of the Republic of Cuba, seemed a natural fit. Yet, Catalina was not in love and felt deeply unhappy. Read on to find out what happened to this lesser-known Romeo and Juliet, and a few hints on Valentine's Day in Cuba.

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Tags: havana, drinks, restaurants, romance